Sunday, August 12, 2012
I've been getting myself moved in to my new location. Cable internet is not available, so I need to go wireless, but don't have my research done. At present, have only a mobile phone, no tv reception, no internet at my house.
I hope to have my internet capabilities in place soon, meanwhile it's library or a friend's house.
I have not forgotten you.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I had my 2-week post surgery follow-up this morning. Pacemaker appears to be functioning and healing progressing normally.
I am cleared to begin re-introducing my workout schedule, gardening, and other activities that involve my left chest and upper arm, so long as I do it gradually, and paying close attention to my wound and device status.
I am grateful for this new opportunity to expand and explore. Since the heart problems were purely electrical, I can look forward to many more happy and productive years.
**I am thankful for to all my friends and well-wishers.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I am so proud of my granddaughter! Her marvelous art has won her admission to a prestigious college, and her competition-winning art has gained her recognition and scholarship money.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
June 10, 2010; Before Dawn.
I like to get up before dawn. John Steinbeck called it “the hour of the pearl, the interval between night and day when time stops to re-examine itself”. That’s either from Cannery Row or Sweet Thursday, don’t remember which. Together they make one complete book in my memory. Someday maybe I’ll get hold of the books and find the reference.
Anyhow, that hour before the sun rises is sort of a “free” hour. The world isn’t awake yet, though my early shift neighbor is already rumbling away in his 8-cylinder auto-trans pickup with glass-packs, rumbling rather than his usual roaring, as though he, too, were respecting the quiet of this pre-dawn interval.
The chicks are awake, however, and one of them is peeping unhappily. I’ll have to go check on her if she doesn’t resolve her dilemma soon. Great, she is quiet now. I bought 6 baby chicks last Saturday after my yoga class. Drove on in to the southeast corner of Austin to Callaghan’s General Store and chose 6 pullets – 3 “Ameraucana” and 3 Black Australorp. They have temporary lodging in Frank’s old quarters – Frank, my guinea pig that died during the last winter. I’ll need to build an outdoor coop/pen for them when they get a little bigger and have more feathers.
So, now to draw my card for today. I’m using the Kris Waldherr Goddess Tarot for these daily draws these days so that I can familiarize myself with this deck, which is very pretty – almost too much so. When the spirit moves me, I’ll select a different deck to use for awhile. Fresh deck, fresh perspectives, maybe. Okay, here goes:
Card for the day, Goddess Tarot: Princess of Cups. Drink deeply and mindfully from the Cup of Spirit today. And don’t forget the herbal tea.
II got this card on the 8th, also, which was my last draw. I wrote:
“ In this deck, the Princess of Cups suggests being open to growth in the areas of love, beauty and artistic inspiration. Perhaps she also wants me to drink my herbal tea, or, better yet, a floral tea. Maybe Monarda?”
So, I made myself tea from my beautiful Monarda, planted my Aloysia and felt good all day.
So today the Universe is giving me a bonus opportunity.
7:17 to 9:17 am
I honored the beginnining of the workday by digging a ditch, then pulling some weedy grass that was growing by my squash. I still haven’t decided what to plant today, and where. Pulling some johnson grass near a fence where I thought to plant something, I quite literally hit the bottom of the barrel, finding the lower remnants of the previous occupant’s burn barrel. Something else to scoop up and bag for disposal, but the ashes and other related detritus are wet from the rain, so I might let it dry a bit.
Back to pulling grass by the squash, I remembered about beauty and picked some wild sunflowers to bring in. My next act will be to look them up in one or another of my herbals. Perhaps there will be sunflower petal tea today.
Garret: seeds and petals are edible. Hmmm, not much help there. Other references extol the edibility of the seeds, and also the roots of some species. But what about my floral tea? I must seek another source…
I’m finding all kinds of info about the use of sunflowers. One source mentions steaming the unopened flower buds as a vegetable, and making a tincture of the leaves and petals for bronchitis. Lotsa uses as livestock feed. A worthy plant. Nothing so far on sunflower petal tea, except as food coloring, hair rinse (for blondes, presumably) and yellow dye. Only thing to do is experiment. Make it, drink it, report.
PS: the sunflower petal tea was not wonderful. Think I'll go back to Monarda, Nettles, and Tulsi as my three favorite choices.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yesterday, I was invited to become co-leader of the Skinny Cauldron team. This was a real compliment to me, and brings all kinds of warm fuzzies. This has been my favorite team all along - the topics are interesting, the members are great, and they submit very thoughtful, insightful posts.
If you are a team member already, keep it up! If not, come visit us, you might decide to stick around.
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